I made a chocolate cake this weekend that is easier and healthier than the original recipe and the best part is, it tastes better too.

You know I’m obsessed with easy recipes with only a handful of ingredients. I’ve been particularly obsessed with the different things you can make with cake mix. I used to make cake mix recipes to get rid of cake mix. But lately I’ve found myself buying more cake mix just so I can try out various recipes.

I found this recipe on Hungry Girl. I’ve already made some of the other chocolate cake mix variations: pumpkin puree and chocolate cake mix, coke and chocolate cake mix, but this is definitely my favorite variation yet.

I recently was provided with some complimentary samples of Planters new product: Planters NUT•rition Men’s Health Recommended Mix.

It’s quite a mouthful of a name isn’t it? I keep just calling it “Men’s nut mix” for short. The mix is designed specifically for men’s health and it’s supposed to be viewed as a more “manly snack.” Planters teamed up with Men’s Health magazine to create the mix. I was provided with one canister, and several individual on-the-go packets.

Even though it’s targeted towards men, I personally was excited to dig in. I love pistachios, almonds, etc. I like snacking on them because they are a filling snack, are supposed to help reduce belly fat, and provide other healthy benefits.

Mini donuts

The last few months have flown by in a blur. I feel like I’m constantly playing catch-up. This year I somehow completely missed National Doughnut Day. I’m pretty sad over it considering how much I love donuts. I didn’t pick up my free donut or anything. And I didn’t even realize it until weeks later.

Anyway, last weekend I made these mini donuts as a consolation. I’ve made many mini baked donut recipes now but this one remains my favorite. Topped with some chocolate ganache and they are really perfect.